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Knicks get revenge in Charlotte

New York Knicks 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
91 Charlotte Bobcats
Josh McRoberts, PF 33 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | 0

The paint was packed tonight and McRoberts had way less options when passing the ball. Forced some plays, but that was in the Knicks scouting report and they executed.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF 34 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -9

Was probably the most consistent player on the floor tonight for Charlotte. Was scorched by Melo most of the time tonight, but so was every guy who had to guard him.

Bismack Biyombo, C 26 MIN | 0-1 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -8

Blah. Didn’t think he’d play a ton because of small NYK lineup, which he didn’t. Bobcats tried to force the ball in to him some due to the need of some kind of offensive action around the rim, but we all know how that usually ends with Biz.

Kemba Walker, PG 38 MIN | 8-22 FG | 8-8 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | -14

Somehow Kemba ended up with 25 points. Only because he is a flat out baller. Rough night overall in truth. Forced tons of shots because he had too and this looked like the Bobcats from mid-season last year. How he didn’t turn the ball over once tonight is beyond me.

Gerald Henderson, SG 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -1

Speaking of turnovers. Gerald led the team with 4 and threw himself at the rim as much as possible. To no avail, because there were only about 4 Knicks waiting on him every time. Again, NYK had a game plan (pack the paint) and they executed.

Cody Zeller, C 23 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12

Really, really, really looks like a rookie. Getting manhandled on the defensive end and just simply does’t have NBA instincts yet. The game is clearly to fast for him currently.

Ramon Sessions, PG 15 MIN | 4-4 FG | 7-7 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -5

Hahaha. That’s all I can come up. Ramon gets to the free throw line 7-8 times a game as frequently as the sun rises around 6:30am every morning.

Steve Clifford

Thoughts + Prayers are with you Coach.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Bobcats were outscored 36-12 from behind the arc. That tells a lot of the story from this game. Not only is that a big margin, but NYK hit shots in situations where Charlotte was trying to find a way to get back into the game – continuously took the wind out of the sails.
  2. Knicks held the Bobcats to just 6 fast break points. That’s impressive for any team defending Charlotte in this league.
  3. This game is the blueprint when scouting how you should play the Bobcats. Especially defensively. Pack the paint and force Charlotte to beat you from the outside. They can’t. Jefferson will change the game plan for the opposition, but probably not as much as you think.

5 comments to Knicks get revenge in Charlotte

  • jsn23nc

    Once again these grades are all off lol. MKG should get an A for guarding Melo and being hitting his jumper on the onfensive end. MKG blocked Melo shot a couple time and caused Melo to turned the ball over a couple times. Zeller looks lost out there becuase our offensive game plan is terrible. Charlotte big men set screens all night and NEVER post up. When you have a big that can score in the post like Zeller you give him the ball and let him got to work. McRoberts is till terrible all he can do his shoot threes, his field goal % is terrible for a big man he shoots under 40%. Hendo is terrible this year, he plays no defense shoots under 40% and turns the ball over all the time. Charlotte has good spacing on the floor that why MKG and Kemba get to the rim alot but the problem is they are the only two that can do it without turning the ball over or getting their shot blocked. That why they need to pass the ball in the post to the big men like Jefferson and Zeller and let them score close to the basket. Big Al looked bad in his first game because he shot too many jumpshots just like McRoberts.

  • charlottean

    ^^^ i agree about MKG having another great game. 14, 8 , 3 blocks and a steal and the jumper and a FADEAWAY?! quite sick. disagree about mcroberts and henderson. small sample size. his FG% will rise, and he’s hitting 37.5 from 3 on a team with a lack for range. the assists have a lot of value too. he’s diaw with a less intelligent game, but more athleticism. henderson has had 2 solid games after 4 horrible to start. it will probably take him a minute to get in tune with the offensive changes as subtle as they are. year 5 for him = coach number 4. insane.

    zeller will earn the trust of his teammates with time. part of the problem is he’s getting rookie calls from the refs so giving him the ball on the block is like asking for a charge or turnover + no call on a clear hack.

    jefferson just does not fit with this team. while the offense does not look like it’s fully clicking yet, a lot of that is because they’ve been practicing all this time geared around al being on the block. it’ll get better, as it has the past 2 or 3 compared to the first 3. I’m super worried about how zeller and biz get the minutes they need/deserve when al comes back. they need to play al up real quick and deal him to new york or boston or somewhere.

    to boston for wallace or to new york in a package for stoudemire. abort immediately. either deal would placate the fans and fit this team a lot better.

  • Spencer/SDS

    Doesn’t wallace have around 3 yrs left on his deal??? and its basically for the same money I think so idk even if that would work. Plus I doubt Boston wants to get rid of any draft picks, of which u need to get in return for Jefferson.

    Jefferson to Knicks does make sense however…, as long as we get picks obviously, plus the knicks would probably like the deal, stoudamire costs more, but they will get a cheaper player who also happens to be better, plus with chandler in the line up that knicks team becomes very hard to deal with, makes sense for both teams.

    Hendo hasn’t been bad on defense as far as iv’e seen (which i will admit is limited so far this yr) and still has to grow. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind switching Taylor and Henderson, Taylors 3 pt game would be more beneficial to the starting core while Hendo could be a more reliable scoring option when in with the 2nd unit. He requires the ball in his hand more to score because of his lack of a 3pt game, with Jefferson (soon) MKG and Kemba all on the court with him this team becomes very clustered in looking for ball handling time.

    Side note…at least Jefferson may be better than who replaced him (Favors/Kanter) damn the Utah Jazz’s young bigs didn’t make any improvement it seems, I thought they would actually look decent this yr…may change but damn.

  • Spencer/SDS

    when stating the deal with Wallace would work, I meant it wouldn’t relieve either team of cap space…thus no reason for either team to really like the deal to be honest.

  • charlottean

    the fact that kanter and favors are a big part of the only winless team this year is a major indictment on jefferson’s ability to mentor.

    that said, they’ve had some pretty good games individually (another jefferson trait) during this losing streak. kanter is averaging 16 and 8, favors 12 and 7. utah has the pieces the same way we do, but they went the NO VETERANS route.

    wallace can’t be moved for much, so they aren’t going to get cap relief in a deal for him. nobody needs that dude at his current age. that was evident when brooklyn went with an older paul pierce over him. the deal would swap his salary slot for jefferson’s who hypothetically would be a 2nd piece next to rondo and a hypothetical upgrade from brandon bass in their starting lineup. they have to pay wallace, so they might as well pay jefferson instead. that’s their justification. ours is the same…..we have to pay jefferson, but he doesn’t fit what we’re doing as a whole. wallace is one of the few trades where the guy coming back would make fans happy, not pissed. we’d be giving away jefferson but that’s because we overpaid him to begin with and we need to abort what we just got into.

    i don’t think he’s eligible to be traded until january or something because he just signed this offseason.

    new york…..jefferson is a better fit than stoudemire for the slow down post up offense. paired with chandler and shumpert, his defense is concealed. stoudemire makes a TON of money though, so we’d have to include gordon likely and the only value we could get back would be shumpert (not likely), hardaway (not all that valuable), draft pick (late 1st), or beno udrih (good player, no value to our roster). we’d be giving up too much to just dump jefferson without any cap relief.

    if you trade jefferson for wallace, you still have gordon and others in the chamber for a 2nd deal or cap room in the offseason. stoudemire would just become a massive expiring contract instead. that said, i think stoudemire offers a TON of value (in his current state) as the mentor and placeholder until all these guys are getting extensions (which the should). stoudemire actually won games as the go-to guy for YEARS. he’s the guy that turned New York around before the carmello deal.

    if we keep jefferson, it’s going to be a looooong year of annoying defense and stunted development for zeller and biz. this could easily be a breakout year for biz.

    through 6 games, his rebounds and shooting % are wayyyy up (hopefully not abnormalities of small sample size)

    when you see a guy that young posting 30%+ rebound rates, league analysts start to take notice. he’s at 29% right now. and he hasn’t had any BIG games yet like he did in preseason, so I would expect the stats to improve, not decline. Especially the scoring, I expect his FT% to get up above 55%.

    but sure, let’s sit him on the bench so the overpaid non defense playing jefferson can get some run. because that helps us win a championship in 2016.